Category Archives: Open spaces

Golf course second haven for Heather in Bexley

Bexleyheath Golf Course, running downhill from Mount Road to the A2, is a Borough Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, almost certainly on account of harbouring the only Heather (Calluna vulgaris) in Bexley outside of Lesnes Abbey Woods, … Continue reading

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How Bexley Council voted yes to concreting Crayford Marshes Green Belt and yet another designated wildlife site

Back on February 16th a majority of Bexley Council’s Planning Committee voted with the chief planning officer’s recommendation to approve the Roxhill ‘Strategic Railfreight Interchange’ scheme on the southern part of Crayford Marshes, termed the landfill and agricultural area.  This … Continue reading

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Now Bexley rips out mature shrub beds

Mature shrubs in Bexley parks and verges are not just being cut back to the ground to save having to do any more trimming for a few years, but are being dug up completely. Two of the latest cases involve … Continue reading

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Important parks survey – deadline extended to 6th May

Do get your Friends Group to respond to this survey as increasing numbers of parks come under threat ……. NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES The umbrella organisation amplifying the voices of the 5,000-strong Local Friends Groups’ movement throughout the … Continue reading

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Old Farm Park group eyes biodiversity improvements, as it emerges Council’s 12m strip won’t protect SINC area

Save Old Farm Park campaigners announced some time ago that they would be looking to increase the park’s wildlife value whether the sell-off of the eastern half by Bexley Council went ahead or not. We can report that some initial … Continue reading

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Now Bexley Council officer recommends building on 10% of Crayford Rough, a wildlife site of regional importance.

The onslaught against the most valuable wildlife sites in Bexley is set to continue this week as the planning committee meets on 14th April to consider an application to redevelop the old Electrobase industrial site between Hall Place and Crayford … Continue reading

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Final statutory consultation on sale of 4 green spaces – object by Jan 14th.

Bexley Council plans to sell Wilde Rd East, Wilde Rd West, West Street small park, and half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup for development. The final statutory consultation is now open and the Council’s website is now saying the deadline … Continue reading

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Save our Skylarks ! String of marshland sites under renewed threat.

SAVE OUR SKYLARKS – DON’T LET THE COUNCIL BOOT THEM OUT OF BEXLEY! The future of the Skylark as a breeding bird in Bexley, and the survival of the Corn Bunting both here and in London as a whole – … Continue reading

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Councillor Craske, just how important do you think our SINCS are?

As previously reported on ‘BW’ we still don’t have an actual date, or even a target date, for Bexley Council to sign-off the Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation review, despite a written reply on the matter from Community Safety, Environment and Leisure … Continue reading

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Councillor Craske sets SINC deadline – sort of

Councillor Craske’s written response to last week’s full Council question as to the deadline for signing of the Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation Review (draft published Dec 2013, deadline for comments on that was way back on Feb 2014), … Continue reading

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